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Hood: Legislative leadership too focused on social issues, tax cuts

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By BOBBY HARRISON Attorney General Jim Hood, not ruling out a campaign for governor in 2019, said Thursday that the legislative leadership is focusing on social issues and corporate tax cuts instead of legislation that “will help people.” Hood, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, reiterated that he believes the Republican leadership of the Legislature hastily passed the Budget Transparency and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: 2016 puts Reeves’ fiscal credibility at risk

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Lieutenant Gov. Tate Reeves has put his fiscal credibility on the line.    The former investment banker told voters in 2011 he was “a true, proven fiscal conservative with a record of executive leadership who will take the difficult stance necessary to ensure our state makes the right financial decisions.”    Reeves appeared to make the right financial decisions during his ...

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Bryant defiant as judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage

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“Like I said when I signed House Bill 1523, the law simply provides religious accommodations granted by many other states and federal law. I am disappointed Judge Reeves did not recognize that reality. I look forward to an aggressive appeal.” — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it ...

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Holland changes mind, won’t retire

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, who has represented Lee County in the state House since 1984, in the end was not ready to walk away from the Mississippi Legislature. The colorful Holland, who surprisingly announced his likely retirement Wednesday during a two-day special session called to work on budget issues, reversed course Thursday and announced he ...

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New Mississippi laws cover education, abortion, other issues

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Mississippi begins a new budget year Friday with a tight $6.4 billion spending plan that cuts money for many state services, including mental health. And while budget battles have dominated headlines in recent weeks, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has signed dozens of bills that become law Friday. In this list, HB stands for House Bill and SB is for Senate ...

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Holland says he plans to file retirement papers this week

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Long-time state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, announced from the House floor Wednesday that he would file retirement papers by 5 p.m. Thursday. The announcement, made during special session debate on giving the governor additional authority to fill budget holes during the final days of the current fiscal year, was a bombshell. At the end of ...

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Hudson wins seat to succeed Coleman in Mississippi House

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Abe Marshall Hudson Jr. of Shelby has won a seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Unofficial results show Hudson received 1,250 votes and Earl S. Lucas of Mound Bayou received 739 votes in a special election runoff Tuesday. They ran in District 29 in Bolivar and Sunflower counties. Hudson will fill the final 3 ½ years of a term ...

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Session to plug budget holes will require second day

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  Efforts to give Gov. Phil Bryant unlimited authority during the final three days of the current fiscal year to plug budget holes will require more than a one-day special session. House Democrats blocked efforts Tuesday, during the opening day of the special session, to take up a bill that would allow Bryant to transfer as ...

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Supreme Court ends legal fight over Mississippi abortion law

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A physician at Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is praising the end of a legal fight over a state law that threatened to close the facility by setting a hospital-privileges requirement the clinic couldn’t fulfill. However, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant still says the law he signed in 2012 — now blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court — was designed to help ...

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BREAKING: Senate passes bill to let Bryant spend savings

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Mississippi could lift the cap on Gov. Phil Bryant’s authority to spend money from the state’s financial reserves. The Senate voted 33-14 in a Tuesday special session to pass Senate Bill 2001. It would remove the $50 million cap on Bryant’s ability to spend money from the rainy day fund. Officials are trying to shore up the state budget for ...

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